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Monday, April 30, 2012

STRETCH AND GROW; EXPAND AND GO!


This morning I was asking the Spirit to guide me in the various projects I’d planned to work on. I started listing them and as I did, my brain took charge of my prayer. Before I knew it, I was counting all the “major projects” I wanted to do well.

Carol! My brain shouted. You know you can only ever do one thing at a time if you want to do it well!

But I wanted to do all of those projects well and I wanted to do them well for God's glory. So I settled back into prayer. Not prayer of me working my brain; but prayer in the Spirit. And I prayed:

Lord, help me stretch and grow; and then expand and—Go! Wherever you lead me. Help me not be afraid of stretching. Help me not be afraid where you are leading me. 

That done, I opened my daily devotional and read:

Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role…The only source of real affirmation is My unconditional Love.

Interesting.

My Bible reading for the day: Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do. (Genesis 29:9)
  
I then began writing this post and clicked on Biblegateway.com because it’s cool to have God’s Word open in the same screen as my Word document. As if His words will infuse themselves with mine.

The “Verse of the Day” at the top of the page on Biblegateway.com was 2 Timothy 1:7:

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Got it Jesus. I will endeavor to persevere in all of these projects you are leading me to complete. Because you strengthen me in all things. 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for your plans to stretch and grow us; to expand us and then to use us. Please help us be attuned to your leading, Holy Spirit, so that we are empowered—and feel empowered—to do all things for you. Thank you Jesus for the Word of God—which is you, that helps us see, understand and sometimes confirm your direction for us. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Is there an area in your life where God is urging you to stretch and grow and then expand and…GO?

31 comments:

chris said...

For me this is like being on the edge of the high dive... I often need a little nudge from God to take that leap.

Sometimes I need to stretch and grow... expand and Go!

Love this saying, will be remembering this one for sure!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - I see God nudging you in your posts. Keep expanding and going!

lynnmosher said...

Have you been secretly eavesdropping on my quiet times? LOL So know what you're feeling! Great post! Blessings to you!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Lynn - no, I'm not eavesdropping but you know, great minds think alike! And God loves a good stretch!

Pam B. said...

I am amazed how many times my devotions address the point that has been at the forefront of my mind and in my daily conversations with God. I know it is a God thing and makes me think twice about skipping my time with God. I really want to know what He wants to share with me that day.

From Carols Quill said...

You're right, Pam. It's definitely a God thing! Sometimes He's less subtle than other times.

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